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Choosing the Right KPIs

If you want to hit the goals in your strategic plan, you have to be really good ...

Engagement, Culture, Pulse: How to Effectively Manage Employee Surveys

There are a three core rules when it comes to surveying your employees, and, as ...

4 Tips for Handling Resistance to Culture Change

Once we finish our Culture Design project with clients, their next step is to be ...

Can We Thrive in Hybrid Workplaces?

We’re sure you’ve read the headlines about the Great Resignation and the dif ...

3 Ways to Hold People Accountable to the Strategic Plan

Accountability often gets raised only after we have missed our targets, and, fra ...

When Is the Right Time to Do a Culture Assessment?

You don’t run a full culture assessment with your employees every day. In fact ...

Get Your DISC Assessment Here!

Are you familiar with the benefits of workstyle and behavioral assessments? PROP ...

Making Your Strategic Plan a Living Document

This one is real simple: to make your strategic plan a living document, you re-w ...

Evaluating Strategic Planning (and Implementation) Software

A critical piece to your system of execution (“getting shit done”) i ...

How Do I Maintain Culture in a Remote Work Environment?

How do I maintain culture in a remote work environment? I get this question a LO ...

Introducing the Association Mashup Podcast!

We are SO excited to introduce our brand new podcast for associations, co-hosted ...

The Right Metrics: KPIs, OKRs, or Rocks?

If you want to successfully implement your strategy, then you’re going to need ...

[WEBINAR] Creating a True System for Getting Shit Done

If You Want Accountability, You Need a System Strategy is about making the right ...

How Much Do Culture Assessments Cost?

How much do culture assessments cost? Unfortunately, that is one of those “how ...

Culture 101: Definition of Workplace Culture

We started defining culture this way back in 2013, mostly to prove the point tha ...

Creating a Culture of Getting Shit Done

A lot of leaders ask me what kind of culture they need in order to more effectiv ...

The Important Difference between Operations and Execution

Here’s the conventional wisdom around strategic planning: Step 1: develop your ...

Getting Your Senior Team to Be More Strategic

The senior team I’m talking about here is the CEO and their direct reports, wh ...

The Future of the Nonprofit Workplace

JOIN ME at the Generosity Exchange, a free virtual conference hosted by Neon On ...

Can Your Organization’s Culture Support a Rapid Move to Digital?

The recent McKinsey Global Survey on digital strategy reaches a very simple conc ...

[WEBINAR] How Execs Can Prepare IT Culture for the Post-COVID Workplace

Join us on Tuesday (or register to watch the recording) of this great conversati ...

Executing Your Strategy: Taxi or Uber?

Remember the days before Uber, when you’d walk out to the curb and HOPE you’ ...

Work @ Life Podcast

ICYMI: Work @ Life – Women Rising from the Pandemic

Just in case you missed it, here’s the Season 2 of Work @ Life wrap up epi ...

Eight Culture Workshops for Immediate Improvement

Are any of these issues top of mind for you?  A PROPEL culture workshop might b ...

Priority-Based Execution – Coaching for Small Staff Associations

I posted earlier this month about a new online coaching program we have launched ...

Growth Mindset Training for Leaders

Why do leaders need a growth mindset? Because in these uncertain times, adaptab ...

Reopen Your Office in a Way that Works for Everyone

That, of course, is much easier said than done. I can tell you right now, you’ ...

Five Truths Nonprofits Need to Know About Digital Transformation

I was invited to present at Tech Forward 2021, which is a great conference for t ...

The Four Things Your Management Team Must Stop Doing Right Now

One of the biggest lessons in both business and life is that removing barriers o ...

Opportunity for Small-Staff Association Leaders

Take part in the pilot of our group coaching program. I’ve been around the ass ...

Did the Great Resignation Catch You By Surprise?

In April, May, and June of this year, 11.5 million workers quit their jobs, acco ...

Vision and Strategy Must Be Supported by a System

Associations do a pretty good job at articulating their vision or purpose. They ...

How Higher Logic Used Align to Create a Culture Employees Love

This is a guest post by Robert Barnes, a long time culture champion and Country ...

Does Your Culture Help Keep Women in the Workforce?

Last year, the number of women in the workforce briefly overtook the number of m ...

Your Workforce Will Be “Variably Remote” — Permanently

I have a hypothesis, and I don’t think you’re going to like it. What if, for ...

Want REAL Teambuilding? Build Your Growth Mindset Together!

There are two basic versions of “teambuilding”: the light version, and the s ...

Eight Timely Keynote Topics for Your Next Event

Need a provocative and engaging keynoter for your next event or conference? PROP ...

Which Came First In Innovation – the Chicken or the Egg?

Marketing General recently released its 13th Membership Report, and again includ ...

New Survey Reveals We’ve Changed at Work – And We’re Not Going Back

We read quite a bit around here, and we like to pass along the insights we gathe ...

Is the Growth Mindset Bootcamp for You?

  In this video post Jamie explains what’s in PROPEL’s on-deman ...

There Could Be a Huge Hole in Your Return to the Workplace Strategy

A lot of leaders spent the last few months putting in a place a plan to reopen t ...

What’s a Culture Code?

Many organizations have their core values, credo, customer pledge or other repre ...

Why Aren’t You Having the Impact You’re Capable of?

To be clear, I’m not implying that you are slacking. You’re not. If anything ...

Does Your Association Have a Growth Mindset?

Are you thinking about your goals for next year? I challenge you to consider cha ...

The Skill of the Year for 2021 Is Modeling

If the word of the year for 2021 (my last post) is intentional, then the skill f ...

Will Your Workplace Be the Same When You Return?

 As we think about getting back to “normal” at work, what will we discover ...

The Word of the Year for 2021 Is “Intentional”

This has been coming up over and over again in my conversations with clients and ...

14 Ways to Engage Underperforming Team Members

In Washington, D.C., after a president is re-elected, an unwritten tradition kic ...

Our Coaching Program is Now Available for Small-Staff Associations

By now you are probably aware of the culture-driven performance coaching program ...

Culture Decisions for Returning (or Not!) to the Workplace

Make an informed decision about what your office will look like post-COVID Are y ...

What Does a System of Accountability Look Like?

In a recent post I offered up what I think is a better definition of accountabil ...

What is the purpose of culture data?

That question is not quite as simple as it sounds. At a high level, most would p ...

Organizational Culture of People and Change

How Do You Describe Your Culture To Prospective Employees?

How would you describe your workplace culture to a promising prospective employe ...

Who Administers Anesthesia Today? The Key to Great Team Decisions

Some teams make decisions very quickly. Surgical teams, for example, never ask, ...

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6 Culture Assessments That Can Change Your Organization

Toxic culture can kill your business. It can increase employee churn, wreck merg ...

Work @ Life: Figuring Yourself Out

Have you found yourself reflecting more about your life since the pandemic start ...

How Do You Sustain Culture Change?

This is probably one of the biggest fears among leaders when it comes to culture ...

[NEW WHITE PAPER!] The No B.S. Guide to Digital Transformation

I am SO excited to announce that my latest white paper is out! And no surprise ...

Stop Treating “Return to the Workplace” as Only a Logistical Puzzle

One of the benefits of being part of the Blue Cypress “family” of companies ...

Stop Waiting for Organizational Conflict to Get Better

When the pandemic first started, one of my HR colleagues noted that the “prick ...

Stop Doing Engagement Surveys

When we set out last year to write The Non-Obvious Guide to Employee Engagement, ...

Why Micromanagement is Tanking Your Association

Micromanagement is sometimes a gut reaction of people who are meticulous leaders ...

The PROPEL SYSTEM of Culture-Driven Performance

Our new coaching program is unique because it is rooted in a comprehensive syste ...

What Does RACI Stand For?

The work of every organization can boil down to one thing: making decisions. Dec ...

Announcing Season 2 of Work @ Life: Combating The First Female Recession

We are super excited to announce Season 2 of our popular livestream Work @ Life ...

The Hidden Cost Of Our New-Found Agility

This post was written by Jamie Notter and originally appeared on Forbes.com. Lo ...

Get Ready for What’s Next with a Growth Mindset

Imagine you could go back to 2019 and draw a line across the middle of a blank p ...

Are Strategic Plans Still Useful for Associations?

When the pandemic disrupted your association’s work last year, did you immedia ...

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ICYMI – What is Culture Design and Why Do You Need It? [RECORDING]

As the saying goes, you either have a culture by design or a culture by default. ...

What Is Strategic Line of Sight (and Why Does It Matter)?

Everyone knows that strategic planning has failed when you create a beautiful bi ...

Culture Analytics – From Traditionalist to Futurist

This article contains information about the future-of-work spectrum as measur ...

Uncover Association Culture with Savvy Interview Questions

There’s a moment in most job interviews when the hiring manager will ask you i ...

10 Cool Tools to Keep Your Association Aligned

Software solutions—even for association alignment—are everywhere. By some es ...

A Better Definition of Accountability in the Workplace

Please don’t google “definition of accountability in the workplace.” I jus ...

How to make SMART goals like a pro!

All organizations know that effort without intention would be a rocky foundati ...

3 Reasons Why Internal Conflict Needs Your Attention

When I tell people that my background is in the field of conflict resolution and ...

Don’t Make This Management Retreat Mistake

I was talking with a colleague the other day who said that in her experience, ma ...

The Perfect Culture Fit

Everybody makes hiring mistakes. According to Psychology Today, 33 percent of ne ...

Do you know what your eNPS score is?

Employee Net Promoter Score (eNPS) is gaining in popularity as an important work ...

What Is Culture Design?

As the saying goes, you either have a culture by design or a culture by default. ...

Start Planning Your Senior Management Retreat

I don’t want to jinx it, but it looks like enough of us will be vaccinated in ...

Why Leaders Need Culture-Based Management

A colleague asked me a great question the other day: What’s the biggest thing ...

8 Wellness Initiatives that Work

Do your employees come to work when they’re sick—even if they have available ...

Workcation vs Full Unplug – What’s Your Vacation Style?

Every Tuesday, PROPEL’s co-founder Maddie Grant joins QuestionPro’s Sanja Li ...

Handling Pandemic Fatigue As We Move Forward

I recently did a webinar for Commonwealth Payroll and HR on “Helping Employees ...

Why Your Strategic Plan Will Probably Fail

 When the pandemic hit last year and forced us all to rethink everything we do, ...

Vulnerability in the Workplace

Every Tuesday, PROPEL’s co-founder Maddie Grant joins QuestionPro’s Sanja Li ...

Small Staff Orgs Benefit from Culture Data Too

When we were creating the WorkXO culture assessment, I had an assumption that ...

How to Find Your Hidden Culture Patterns [RECORDING]

On March 19th, Jamie Notter, Co-founder and Culture Designer for PROPEL, gave a ...

A Deeper Look at Collaboration and Communication in the Workplace

Every Tuesday, PROPEL’s co-founder Maddie Grant joins QuestionPro’s Sanja Li ...

To Thrive Post-Pandemic You Must Understand Leverage

I had a call with a CEO the other day who summarized a leadership challenge that ...

Women In the Workplace

Every Tuesday, PROPEL’s co-founder Maddie Grant joins QuestionPro’s Sanja Li ...

[WEBINAR] How to Find Your Hidden Culture Patterns

Is it time to conduct a culture assessment, especially post-2020? Join us for a ...

Come See How Our Culture Assessment Works

I’m doing a quick webcast next week where I will show you what the results of ...

What Value Are You Giving Your Team Members?

I hear the word “value” in all sorts of association conversations lately: & ...

Do You Have Time to Talk ‘Work Life Balance’?

Every Tuesday, PROPEL’s co-founder Maddie Grant joins QuestionPro’s Sanja Li ...

Is Now the Time to Reassess Your Culture?

Assess your culture right now, and you will have the opportunity to change the t ...

Why You Have To Deal With Your Internal Conflict

I started my career in the conflict resolution field, so conflict has always bee ...

Dollars and Sense: How Business Coaching Can Increase Your Profitability

As we talk to prospective clients, we hear a common refrain. It goes so ...

10 Reasons Culture-Driven Business Coaching Might Not Be For You

Introducing culture-driven business coaching to the association world has been ...

Managing in the Absence of Human Connection

Almost a year ago, we all made a rapid shift to remote work. Looking back on it, ...

The Truth About What Drives Growth

Most leaders I talk to are looking for growth. It doesn’t have to be exclusive ...

Why is 2% Better Than Last Year Enough?

I feel like the default planning rubric in the association world is “last year ...

The #1 Secret Your Unhappy Employees Aren’t Telling You

Your employees probably aren’t going to tell you they’re unhappy. And they m ...

The Bridge that Connects Strategy and Execution is a System

Everyone knows that you need the following two things in order to be successful ...

18 Tech Resources to Help Your Association Work Smarter and Faster

Are you working to change your culture but find yourself overwhelmed by all the ...

[WEBINAR] Overcoming Pandemic Fatigue

[FREE WEBINAR] Overcoming Pandemic Fatigue A private discussion exclusively for ...

How To Build A Culture Of Innovation

This post originally appeared on Forbes.com. I hear a lot of leaders lamenting ...

Culture Plays for Remote Work… and For Returning to the Office

Still working remotely for the foreseeable future? Now that many of us have sett ...

So What is Going On with All the Acquisitions in the Association Space?

If you’re in the association space, you might have noticed a wave of acquisiti ...

Roundup –  What the Ten Rockefeller Habits Could Mean for Associations

Roundup –  What the Ten Rockefeller Habits Could Mean for Associations Ph ...

How important is mindfulness to you as a leader?

Mindfulness, defined by Meico Whitlock as “the mental state of focusing ...

Performance Transparency: The Path to Progress

Part 11 of a 11-part blog series on the Rockefeller Habits for Associations. If ...

Setting Measurable Goals for Individual Engagement and Accountability

Part 10 of a 11-part blog series on the Rockefeller Habits for Associations. We ...

Business Coaching, Executive Coaching, Leadership Coaching: What’s the Difference?

A lot of people have very specific interpretations of what “coaching” means ...

Digital Transformation Is Not What You Think It Is

This post originally appeared on Forbes.com. You know a term has hit buzzword s ...

Can Your Entire Team Articulate These 4 Strategy Components?

Part 9 of a 11-part blog series on the Rockefeller Habits for Associations. When ...

2021 Is the Year to Get Your System In Place

This is not another “2020 was a crazy hard year” post. 2020 was definitely c ...

Core Values and Purpose are Alive

Part 8 of an 11-part blog series on the Rockefeller Habits for Associations. Ima ...

Getting Member Feedback and Using It Well

Part 7 of an 11-part blog series on the Rockefeller Habits for Associations. If ...

Input and Opportunity for Everyone

Part 6 of an 11-part blog series on the Rockefeller Habits for associations. A ...

Accountability in Every Action

Part 5 of an 11-part blog series on the Rockefeller Habits for associations. A ...

Communication Rhythm Moves Information Quickly

Part 4 of an 11-part blog series on the Rockefeller Habits for associations. D ...

Why You Need Culture Management

This article was written by Jamie Notter for Forbes.com – the original c ...

Creating Meaningful Goals That Actually Matter

Part 3 of an 11-part blog series on the Rockefeller Habits for associations. &# ...

Leadership Team Feeling Divided? Get Them on the Same Page

Part 2 of an 11-part blog series on the Rockefeller Habits for associations R ...

If You Don’t Know What the Rockefeller Habits Mean for Associations, You Should

Part 1 of an 11-part blog series on the Rockefeller Habits for associations &nb ...

The Culture You Have Now is Not What It Was Pre-Pandemic

A lot of organizations are feeling perhaps a slight bit of relief that they’ve ...

What I Learned From 1.15 Million Culture Data Points

I started March of 2020 bracing myself for a three-month gauntlet of travel to c ...

The Secret To Culture Change is Quite Boring

You know how sometimes you get this image in your head of how hard or painful so ...

Millennials Define Engagement Differently

One of the participants in my Managing Generational Diversity training course on ...

Stop Trying to Fix Employee Engagement

I think a lot of people focus on improving employee engagement because they want ...

Dealing with Subcultures in your Workplace

One of the paradoxes of culture is that they are simultaneously centralized and ...

Innovate Your Strategy

For a project I’m working on, I dug out my old copy of Blue Ocean Strategy. I ...

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